He was held in custody for a month, released and arrested again on additional hacking charges shortly afterwards.He was eventually convicted of 11 counts of computer fraud, 10 counts of data espionage, and an assortment of other charges.The court fined him 0 and 0 court costs, and banned him from driving for six months.On his residency application of 3 June 2010, he answered "No" to the question, "Have you ... convicted of an offence (including a traffic offence) committed in the last five years involving dangerous driving." Immigration New Zealand said it was looking into the matter, which raises the possibility that Dotcom could be deported.Immigration New Zealand made its decision on his application (despite his foreign convictions and despite his persona non grata status in Thailand) after officials used a special direction to waive "good character" requirements.
He applied for residency and received it in November 2010.
It was anticipated that Dotcom would contribute to New Zealand through investment, consumption and philanthropic activities – he has given ,000 to the mayoral fund following the Christchurch earthquake, another ,000 to a rugby player who was left in a wheelchair after an on-field injury and funded a 0,000 fireworks display in Auckland harbour.
they occurred more than 16 years earlier and did not involve harming anyone.
Officials red-flagged his application: "We are requesting that this application be kept as confidential as possible to avoid further media speculation or attention." Dotcom's residency status subsequently became the subject of intense media speculation when it came to light that Auckland Mayor John Banks had become involved, and that New Zealand's intelligence services had illegally spied on him (see below) – which they were not allowed to do because he had residency.
Immigration New Zealand officers judged Dotcom's convictions in Hong Kong too minor to consider deporting him.
Earlier, he achieved notoriety in Germany as a teen hacker who received a two-year suspended sentence for selling identities that he had siphoned from telephone operators' client database. On 20 February 2017, a New Zealand court ruled that Dotcom, as well as co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Carter Edwards, could be extradited to the US on fraud charges related to Megaupload.